İdil Engindeniz


Turkish, English

November 2019
104 pages

In the four-month period covering May-June-July-August 2019, 1313 columns and news articles and 1575 hate speech items targeting national, ethnic and religious groups had been found.

IIn May-August 2019 period, issues like the international arrest warrant issued for foreign executives working with Turkish Petroleum Corporation (June 10), repeated mayoral election in Istanbul (June 24), the anniversary of “Cyprus Peace Operation” (July 19), the anniversary of Srebrenica Massacre (July 11), the anniversary of July 15 coup attempt, actions for damages filed against Turkey over confiscated properties during the Armenian Genocide, August 30 Victory Day and Ministry of Interior’s order for sending Syrians back to the cities in which they are registered contributed to generating of hate speech.

When a distribution per targeted groups is made, it is seen that Syrians have the largest number of hate speech items against them with 264 items. Cypriot Greeks and/or Greeks in Turkey follow them with 262 items and Greeks has the third place with 240 items. Jews with 187 items and Armenians 169 items follow them as the groups that are subjected to hate speech.

In the section where discourse targeting women and LGBTIs are analyzed, you can find qualitative analyses through a limited number of examples, which are selected with the purpose of exposing and questioning the patriarchal and heteronormative discourse which is rooted in journalism and used intentionally or unintentionally.

Please see the full report for accessing more detailed statistical data, a full list of 1575 items containing hate speech and example articles and columns.

Report name
Media Watch on Hate Speech Report May-August 2019
Original name
Medyada Nefret Söylemi İzleme Raporu Mayıs-Ağustos 2019
210 mm
295 mm
November 2019
Project Team
Emircan Saç, Gülbeyaz Sert, Funda Tekin, Serra Güvengez, Şeymaz Özkan,
İdil Engindeniz

Media Watch on Hate Speech Project is funded by European Endowment for Democracy and Naumann Foundation. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.

  • Introduction
  • About Media Watch on Hate Speech Project
  • Findings
  • Examples of hate speech
    • RUMLAR KORKSUN (Cypriot Greeks should be frightened) - Milat
    • Suudiler’in Türk düşmanlığı (Anti-Turkism of Saudis) - Diriliş Postası
    • Suriyeliler emeklinin sırtından beslendi (Syrians exploited the retired) - Yeniçağ
    • BESLE KARGAYI OYSUN GÖZÜNÜ (Biting the hand that feeds you) - Korkusuz
    • Gâvurların razı olduğu dinden Allah’a sığınırız (God save us from the religion accepted by the giaour) - Yeni Akit
    • Çok küçük hareketler bunlar (Such petty moves) - Akşam
    • Türk’e Yunan zulmü (Greeks tormenting Turks) - Türkiye
    • Ermeniler’in tazminat ve toprak hayalleri suya düştü (Armenians’ dreams of compensation and land come to naught) - Ayrıntılı Haber
    • Deist Finlinin İslam düşmanlığı (Islamophobia of deist Finn) - Yeni Akit
  • Other disadvantaged groups
    • NETFLİX’TEN LGBTİ’YE 60 MİLYON DOLARLIK DESTEK! (60 million dollars support to LGBTI from Netflix!) - Milli Gazete
    • İnsanlığın felaketi eşcinsel sapkınlık -I- (Homosexual perversion, humanity’s doom) - Diriliş Postası
    • Gelinin lezbiyen, damat i…… olursa… (Lesbian bride, f… groom) - Bursa Şehir
  • Items found in national press during the period between May - August 2019
  • Items found in local press during the period between May-August 2019